Camp Cocoon in 2015

Sponsored by Pruitt Health Hospice, Camp Cocoon is held each year. The camp's mission is to help children ages 5-17 address any feelings they may have harbored or covered up regarding the loss of their loved ones.

PruittHealth, the parent company of PruittHealth-Bamberg and PruittHealth-Orangeburg, celebrates 50 years of service to the community on Sept. 4.

To commemorate, here are five facts about PruittHealth and how it impacts the Bamberg and Orangeburg communities.

60. The number of patients the original PruittHealth location – Toccoa Nursing Center – could care for at any given time. Today, PruittHealth provides care for 24,000 patients daily, including 176 at PruittHealth-Bamberg and PruittHealth-Orangeburg.

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Neil Pruitt Sr., founder of PruittHealth, purchased a plot of land on the side of a mountain in Tallulah Falls to protect it from developers. He leased the land for $1 per year to the Athens Y Camp. One weekend every summer, the PruittCares Foundation hosts Camp Cocoon, a bereavement camp for children who have lost a loved one, on that same plot of land.

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A few dozen. The number of people employed when PruittHealth was founded in 1969. Today, the number has grown to 16,000 people in four states and each receives a turkey dinner at the holidays, courtesy of Chairman and CEO Neil L. Pruitt Jr., who took over the family-run business in 2003.

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Originally known as UHS-Pruitt Corporation, but always a Pruitt family organization, the company was renamed to PruittHealth in 2014 to better reflect the full range of services it had grown to offer including advanced rehabilitation, home health, hospice and more.

2008. The year PruittHealth-Orangeburg joined PruittHealth. PruittHealth-Bamberg joined shortly after in 2009.

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“We take great pride in caring for Bamberg’s and Orangeburg’s hometown heroes,” said Neil L. Pruitt Jr. “It is a privilege to care for those who taught us and fought for us. This important milestone honors every partner, every patient, and every resident – every person who makes this organization special and has shaped it into what it is today.”

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